Candace Cameron Bure: Hollywood Had 'Nothing to Do' With Eating Issues
By Nicki Gostin Posted Jan 10th 2011 08:41PM
Here's something that may make you feel old: Candace Cameron Bure, aka D.J. Tanner on 'Full House,' is 34 and a mother of three, including a 12-year-old. She's also nearly 25 pounds lighter than she was when she appeared weekly on television. In 'Reshaping It All,' Bure offers readers a motivational guide to eating properly and getting fit. The book includes recipes and reminiscences including her bouts with bulimia, a subject she is now reticent to discuss.
In the book she writes of how as a newlywed, married to NHL player Valeri Bure and living in a new city, she found comfort in food. She binged and "hoping to undo my discomfort and guilt, I would purge." It was this adjustment to newly married life and moving to a new city, she tells PopEater, and not the pressures of stardom that catapulted her eating disorder. In our extended chat, Bure also opens up to us about her deep faith in God, why her big brother quit acting and how she hasn't talked to two of her 'Full House' sisters in years.
Why did you write this book?
I have had so many conversations with women over the past five or six years when I would go to churches and speak; so many women were asking me about fitness and how I seemed to look better now after having three kids, and so I found myself having so many conversations and sending so many e-mails from my website. I was also writing for an
E-zine called Christian Women Online, and this was just a really big topic and the questions I got asked about the most, so I teamed up with my girlfriend and we decided to write the book.
When did your eating issues start?
They were in my late teens, early 20s.
Were they exacerbated because you were on TV?
No, I don't feel that at all. The struggles I had with eating were all about the adjustments in my life. I used food as a comforter. I was adjusting to my new married life, living in a new city. All these things were happy things for me, but it was really a new world, so that's what the problems were caused by. It had nothing to do with Hollywood.
That seems unusual. Most actresses talk about the pressures in Hollywood to look a certain way.
That's why I hope the readers will see I'm very much the same as other women. Just because I'm on TV, the reasons for me using food as a comforter are much the same reasons as a lot of other people. So I hope they'll appreciate the honesty and it's not some typical Hollywood child star's story.
I know you don't want to focus on it, but I'd like to talk to you a little bit about your bulimia. How bad did it get for you?
I really don't want to focus on that. I understand the media wants a story, but it's not what the book is about, and I don't want that part of it to be sensationalized. The only reason it's mentioned in the book, and there was a lot of thought that went into it before I ultimately decided to disclose that information to everybody, is because I wanted the reader to understand the journey. I'm not just a celebrity trying to push a new diet plan, but there really is an emotional connection so many people have to food. I think this book is unlike any other out there right now because it really does tie in the spiritual side and the relationship between God and food. It helps the reader understand we use food as a lot more than just feeding ourselves. I don't want to talk about that stuff [bulimia], but if you want to pull a quote you can, but it's so much more than that.
But you have to understand when people read that you suffered from bulimia it makes them sit up and pay attention.
It's also my life, and it's hard for me to read those headlines when I know this book is so much more than that. My life is very positive and has been a wonderful journey for me. When the headline is focused on a negative and a small negative in the journey of my life ...
Religion really helped you.
Absolutely, I'm a Christian, and although I have been for a very long time, I was never living my life for God. That is really what kicked my journey into high gear -- my relationship with God. I realized I was using food to fill a void in my life and as a comforter, and it was God that I needed to turn to instead of food.
Did you become born again?
Christian people will tell you differently because a lot of them don't even know, but being born again is redundant if you say you're Christian because being Christian should imply that you're born again. Some people don't know their Bible. I would have considered myself a Christian since I was 12, but not reading the Bible, not understanding my relationship with God.
Does your faith influence your work?
I limit myself in my choices and what I'll audition for because I'm a Christian, and I want to do things that are wholesome and have moral value to them.
Your brother Kirk doesn't work very much in movies anymore.
My brother whom I'm so proud of, yeah, he's really moved on from acting although he did 'Fireproof,' which was a huge success. But he's really moved onto full-time ministry and spreading the gospel. That's clearly what he wants to focus on, and for me I'm a Christian, and I want who I am to be reflected in the projects that I do. They don't necessarily have to be Christian projects, but I want them to be able to be watched and enjoyed by families and be wholesome.
What is your diet like now?
I eat a very clean diet in that I love vegetables and protein. That's mainly what my diet consists of, but I don't deny myself anything. If I eat very rich foods I just eat them in moderation. The things I don't eat are fast food and fried food only because I just know how bad they make me feel afterward.
Were you in contact with Mary-Kate when she went to rehab for anorexia?
No, I wasn't. I haven't talked to the Olsens in years, not for any particular reason. I talk to Jodie occasionally, and I talk to Bob, Dave and John all the time.
Did you ever roll your eyes at the corny jokes on 'Full House'?
We all knew what the show was, and it was a sugary, sweet show. We took it for really what it was. I think people really like the corny jokes because it's still airing in over 100 countries, and it's still on 10 times a day.
Could your hair have been teased any higher?
Hey man, I was cool!
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